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Sexual Education...The Classroom?

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Sexual Education…The Classroom?

"…people have made the mistake of confusing the methods with the objectives. As long as we agree on objectives, we should never fall out with each other just because we believe in different methods, or tactics, or strategy. We have to keep in mind at all times that we are not fighting for separation. We are fighting for recognition as free humans in this society."

                                                                                                                  ---Malcolm X



In today's society there is a constant debate over sex education and its influence on ourchildren. (You will shortly understand the purpose using the word ‘influence’). "The question is no longer should sex education be taught, but rather how it should be taught" (DeCarlo). Withteenage pregnancy rates higher than ever and the imminent risk of contracting STDs, such as HIV, the role of sex education in the school is of greater importance now than ever before. Bydenying children sexual education, which shelters them from the harsh realities they are bound to encounter.

Sex education has become a necessary part of the curriculum and by removing theinformation that provides a vast wealth of knowledge provided by this class, we'll be seemingly opting to place our children in danger. Adlai E. Stevenson Jr. said, “If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is no barking dog to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.”

Believe it or not sexual education is not just about sex. Sexual educations revolves  around other important issues that pre-teens and teens encounter, they need to be knowledgeable on are issues like sexual health, sexual reproduction, and sexuality.

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Dan Callahan
Professional Learning Specialist, Edcamper, Graduate Professor

Hi DRodgers,
Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I believe you're right, that it is very important to make sure our well-rounded students receive education about their bodies and longterm health.

I think the challenge here, even just based purely on the quote you used at the top of your post, is that there's not a widespread agreement on the objectives, let alone the methods. At what age do you think sexual education should begin? Given the demands on students, teachers, and classrooms, how much time should be dedicated to it, and where should that time come from?

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